Author: Dylan Ramos

JAPAN: YUZURU HANYU, ICING HIS PLACE IN THE PANTHEON OF SKATING LEGENDS

DYLAN RAMOS WRITES – Looks like all those prayers and shrine visits fans made for Yuzuru Hanyu’s victory sure paid off. Oh, and more than a bit of practice, I’m sure. As for what happened on February 17, Jack Gallagher might have already put it best for The Japan Times, saying, “Yuzuru Hanyu etched his name into the pantheon of skating legends with a second straight Olympic gold medal in the free skate at the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday.” But of course at Asia Media International, we must truly appreciate the scope of this win. Hanyu joins a very...

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EAST ASIA: OIL SPILL IN EAST SEA– A QUIET DISASTER

DYLAN RAMOS WRITES – In early January, a tanker carrying 32 people and nearly a million barrels of condensate — an ultra-light, highly flammable oil — was struck by a Chinese bulk freighter east of Shanghai. The freighter, Sanchi, caught fire and burned for nearly a week as it floated into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, eventually sinking on January 14. Three bodies have been recovered, and missing crew members are presumed dead. While strong winds and ocean currents are constantly changing dispersal estimates, officials have declared this the worst oil spill in decades. Scientists warn that this type of...

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AUSTRALIA: JOURNALIST RICHARD McGREGOR WRITES OF “ASIA’S RECKONING” IN NEW BOOK

DYLAN RAMOS WRITES — North Korean missiles, awkward Trump handshakes and the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya may dominate today’s Asia headlines. But in his new book, “Asia’s Reckoning,” journalist Richard McGregor turns the spotlight to the more enduring, triangular relationship between the United States, China and Japan. To look forward, McGregor first takes us back, exploring bits of history such as the U.S. ending Japan’s isolation via gunboat diplomacy in the 1850s, the carving up of China over the 19th and 20th centuries, the U.S. occupation of Japan after World War II and the spread of Socialism in China...

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THAILAND: PRAYUT DIGS AT SHINAWATRAS, EMBRACES TRUMP

DYLAN RAMOS WRITES— On Monday, October 2nd, the leader of Thailand’s military junta, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, came to Washingto to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. While the president was honoring yet another authoritarian leader with an invitation to the White House, the junta’s Attorney General was charging former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with lese majeste and computer crimes. Thaksin was overthrown by a coup in 2006 despite the Shinawatra family winning popular support in every open election since 2001. Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister, also served as Prime Minister following Thaksin’s removal, her political party running up the largest...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the influential Pacific Century Institute.

MANAGING EDITOR
Sabrina Verduzco (on leave)


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief:
Jay Seo


ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS
Emily Carman, Katrina Crosby, Aashna Malpani


Senior Writers [Beat]:
Nadia Aljojo
Kate Barkley [Australia]
Murad Basrawi
Alexis Cruz [Qatar]
Truman Daly
Jacqueline Dilanchyan
Bobby Fretz
Ephiphany Hulburd
Diana Jablonski [Malaysia]
Matthew Lange [Asian Profiles,Anime]
Frances Magsalin [Korea/Kpop]
Beth McLaughlin
Rachel Oakes
Hiromi Ochi [Singapore]
Dylan Ramos
Fassa Sar [Film]
Tiara Salvabilla
Gloria Santillan [Korea]
Sebastian Segura [Russia]
Elizabeth Soelistio [Indonesia]
Nicolas Swaya
C.J. Stone [Japan]
Yi Ning Wong [Asia Culture]

Special Correspondent:
Clementine Todorov

Curriculum Coordinators:
Jennifer Eaton, Evan Sun

Video Team Editor:
Momokoo (Yuchan) Deng

Emeritus Managing Editors:
Savannah Nunez
= Mary Grace Costa
Kelcey Lorenzo

Contribuing Editors Emeritus:

Robert Dylan Fields
Eriko Lee Katayama
Ryan Lippert
Adrian Narayan [India]
James Royce [Australia]
Miranda Pak [Hong Kong]
Lamiya Shabir [Pakistan & Islam]
Yunfei Suo [China]
Erisa Takeda [Japan Politics]
Ryan Urban [Singapore]

Emeritus Associate Publishers:
Jeremiah Fajardo
Brian Chris Canave
Peyton Cross

Emeritus Executive Editor:
Lexie Tucker

Emeritus Executive Senior Editor and Senior Writing Instructor:
Ben Sullivan

Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Prof Tom Plate

ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE:

Gareth C.C. Chang, Tom Plate, Jennifer Ramos, Kal Raustiala, Jeremiah Fajardo, Ben Sullivan, Greg Treverton